A celebration of our furry friends

Ava Trott holds Clifford the Big Red Dog's hand at the head of the procession towards the lighthouse. — Photo by Michael Cummo

This past Saturday, the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard held its sixth annual Celebration of Pets, at the Harbor View Hotel for the fourth year in a row. Father Michael Nagle of the Good Shepherd Parish was on hand to provide a blessing of the animals. Everyone’s favorite big red dog, Clifford (created by the late Edgartown author and artist Norman Bridwell), led a parade of the animals around the Edgartown Lighthouse, accompanied by Jim Joyce on bagpipes.

The celebrated pets were provided with special treats, and ribbons were given to all who participated. It was a beautiful day to honor the loyal companions that provide so much joy.

“This was the biggest turnout we’ve had for the Celebration of Pets, and it included many animals who were adopted through the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard,” said Greg Orcutt, member of the board of directors for the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard and director of underwriting for MVY Radio.

For more information about the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, contact 508-627-8662 or visit animalshelterofmv.org.